Jack Woodley: Vigil held to remember teenager on the anniversary of his murder

a vigil was held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Jack Woodley, which was attended by his mother Zoe. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A vigil has been held in Houghton-le-Spring to mark the anniversary of the knife attack on Jack Woodley.

The 18-year-old was attacked by a gang of ten teenage boys as he made his way home from the Houghton Feast funfair in 2021.

The vigil was held in the town to mark the first anniversary of the teenager's death.

Family and friends gathered at the place where Jack was attacked and lit candles in his memory.  

His mother, Zoe McGill, said: "We just wanted to be here and show that Jack's not forgotten, he's in everybody's thoughts."

"He wouldn't want people to be sad, even though it is hard not be sad that he's not here but he wouldn't want that. 

"I think he would just want this to stop, the crime, the knife crime and the violence."

Ms McGill shared powerful footage of her final moments with her son in hospital, in a bid to raise awareness about the devastating impact of knife crime.

Jack Woodley's family and friends gathered at the place where he was attacked to remember him. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The ten teenagers, aged 14 to 18, were convicted in June 2021 after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court in which witnesses described how Jack was "isolated" by a mob who were "like zombies attacking an animal".

The 15-year-old - who admitted inflicting the fatal stab wound - was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 17 years.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter before the trial began, but a jury found him guilty of murder.

Even though only one used the knife, all ten were prosecuted for murder under joint enterprise.

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